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Little Theatre of Norfolk in Norfolk, Virginia hosted a Zoom reading of my play RED MOON RISING IN THE EAST on May 13, 2020. This is a one-man play based on the story of Sergei Korolev, the father of the Soviet space program. He was a force of nature who almost single-handedly willed the Soviets into space, battling both the odds and his own government. However, his name was a state secret in the Soviet Union so he’s still little-known in the West, even though all the big firsts — the first satellite, the first satellite to the moon, the first man in space, the first woman in space — were all his doing. Bill Armstrong performed this role in 2009 at 40th Street Stage in Norfolk, then again in 2010 at The Venue in Norfolk. Here he is again.
Here’s a link to previous productions of this show.
Bonus: At the end of this video is a Q&A with with actor and playwright.
Alley Stage in Mineral Point, Wisconsin produced my one-man show about the Soviet space program, “Red Moon Rising in the East,” in July 2009.
I’ve just now gotten the video, which is posted in five parts here.
Alley Stage produced the entire show; theatres in Norfolk, Va., and Duluth, Minnesota produced it as a long one-act.
You may not have time to watch the whole thing, but check out the awesome set!
MORE ON RED MOON RISING IN THE EAST:
* Still photos from the Alley Stage production, July 2009.
* Photos from the 40th Street Stage Production in Norfolk, Va., July 2009. More photos here and here.
* Poster for the 40th Street Stage Production in Roanoke, Va., August 2009.
* Review from the Duluth Playhouse production, November 2010.
* Photos from the Duluth Playhouse production, November 2010.
* Poster for the Duluth Playhouse production.
That same month, it was also produced at 40th Street Stage in Norfolk, Virginia. Photos from that here.
The other videos are below: Read the rest of this entry »
Here’s a review of my one-man show “Red Moon Rising in The East,” which played at The Playground in Duluth, Minnesota in November 2010.
Oevre magazine in Duluth said:
Chris Nollet takes the stage in this tour-de-force one man show about Sergei Korolev, a virtual unknown in the West. But, we learn through Nollet’s masterful storytelling, that Korolev began the space race with the shot heard ’round the world: the development and launching of Sputnik.
There isn’t a moment to spare on stage in the retelling of Korolev’s precarious and deft handling of not only the Soviet Union’s space program, but also his manipulation of the Soviet power structure to get the money he needed to build his rockets. Through strategic uses of humor, some self-deprecating, which is a pleasing facet of Nollet’s acting talent, Yancey’s script takes life to educate theatre audiences about the strange bedfellows Korolev must entertain, flatter, cajole, and challenge to get what he wants: a rocket powerful enough to get to the Moon.
Odds are, if you’re not a self-avowed space geek like Chris Nollet, you may not have ever heard of this show. You can cross it off your “to-see” list of obscure stage shows now, because Red Moon Rising in the East is required course material in the space race and in a well-done one-man show.
I have photos from the Duluth production here.
Red Moon Rising in the East, a set on Flickr.
Here is a slide show from from “Red Moon Rising in the East” at 40th Street Stage in Norfolk, Va in summer 2009 .Bill Armstrong portrayed Sergei Korolev in my one-man show about the Soviet space program.
Here I am at 40th Street Stage in Norfolk, Va., in summer 2009 for “Red Moon Rising in the East,” my one-man show about the Soviet space program.
Here’s a photo gallery from “Red Moon Rising in the East” at 40th Street Stage in Norfolk, Va.
Bill Armstrong portrayed Sergei Korolev in my one-man show about the Soviet space program.
Bill Armstrong portrayed the Soviet rocket pioneer Sergei Korolev in my one-man show “Red Moon Rising in the East.”
The show debuted at 40th Street Stage in Norfolk, Virginia, then came to Roanoke, Virginia for a special engagement at Studio Roanoke.